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in benghazi, libya, is being labelled the terrorist attacks. that was not the initial story we begin with what it does mean. our chief correspondent, andrea mitchell, good evening. >>> good evening, tonight, the white house confirmed the attack was an act of terror, officials say by al qaeda members. but big whens remain about when it was planned and why initial reports were wrong under heavy guard, secretary of state hillary clinton, arriving in libya today to attend a memorial service for the americans killed there. now that the fbi is on scene, the u.s. acknowledged reports of a protest gone wild were wrong. on air force one, the press secretary, jay carney says it was self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. president obama was asked about that today >> what we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm u.s. interests. >> reporter: intelligence officials now believe it could have been a planned attack all along, looking like a protest. today, offi
worlds. [ booi ] >> what really happened during the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. john mccain lash out after the first time it was a terrorist attack. >> thought it was some kind of spontaneous demonstration, shows the level of their -- the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks. >> and amy polar goes to washington. the "parks an recreation" star kicks off with real politics. >> are you okay? >> i would like you to leave and give me privacy here please. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york. our new nbc news battleground map has a key shift in a crucial state. iowa has moved from toss up to lean obama president. the current electoral math means president obama would have to carry only florida from the remaining battleground states and hold on to where he is ahead to win. joining me for our daily fix, "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and nbc senior political editor mark murray. first to you on the new battleground states, let's take a look at the map and the significance of what the president has accomplishe
correspondent arwa damon in benghazi. also joining us david ignatius, the columnist for "the washington post." david, let me start with you. you have some information, fascinating and intriguing information that the attack on the consulate may have been linked to al qaeda operatives in libya as a revenge plot. what exactly are you hearing? >> wolf, i heard from a source who has good sources on the ground in the libyan underground that the talk there was that the attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador stevens on september 11 last week was conceived as by the people who did it, an act of revenge to retaliate for the drone attack that killed a key al qaeda operative and planner. i ran that yesterday by a u.s. intelligence official who said that although some of the elements that i'd heard did not check out that they had heard the same thing. they'd heard this talk of revenge for the killing as a motive for the attack on the consulate in benghazi. so the u.s. government has been hearing the same thing that i picked up from my source. >> that would seem to suggest, david, i'm goi
it the. the administration is calling the attack of benghazi the work of terrorists. >> after avoiding the term terrorism they changed their position on what happened on 9-11 at the consulate again ben. it is self evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. the embassy was violently attacked and the result was the death of four americans. they were ter tore attacks by militants with possible links to al qaeda. an hour after that mr. carney said this down the street at the white house. >> based on the information we had at the time, we now we do not yet have indication that it was preplanned or pre-meditated. there is an active investigation. if that active investigation produces facts that lead to a different conclusion, we will make clear that that is where the investigation has led. >>> self evident terror attack is also a different term than we previously heard from the u.n. who sang a different tune on five sunday shows this week. >> the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned pre-meditated attack. >> i am not going to put labels on thi
administration changes its tune on what exactly happened in benghazi. but how about the romney video? look over there. and what are the u.s. secretary general's thoughts on freedom of speech. just about what you would expect from the corrupt organization. and -- all i know is a hero can be anyone. even a man doing something as reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulders to let them know the world hadn't ended. >> thanks, andy. >> you becha. >> that reminds me i want my wonder woman costumes back and dry-cleaned. >> that could be a problem. there is a saw metra cal perforation in it. >> a hole? >> it is silly to argue about terminology. right now you have a show to host and i have to get ready for half time. we'll talk about it later. >> all right. >> it will be fine. >> bye. let's welcome our guests. she is so hot that it is now illegal to yell harris faulkner in a crowded theater. she is here. she hosts on saturday and sundays on fox news channel. nice waive you have there, harris. and he is so sharp he sneezes shum tacks it is "maxim" magazine's editor-in-chief. and in canada
into the capital under tight security. behind-the-scenes an fbi team is preparing to fly to benghazi to investigate the attack. the compound behind these walls is the major crime scene but any evidence left inside will have been badly contaminated by looters and curious local people who flooded in after the attack. here's what eyewitnesss, officials and libyan commanders in charge that night have told us. sometime around 9:30 p.m. about 70 armed men attacked the consulate's main gates with guns and heavy weapons. they then stormed in, overwhelming local and american security. with all four buildings on fire the libyan government ordered a local militia to the rescue. that militia helped to ferry 31 americans and the body of sean smith out the back gate in armored cars to a house a mile away rented by the u.s. government. shortly afterwards it too came under fierce attack. what we still don't know is how back at the compound ambassador stevens got separated from his security detail only to be found dead or dying just after midnight by the crowd. suspicions for the attack have focused on a powerful i
highlights later. most people are saying it was a week since the benghazi attacks and amazing how the administration has been off message despite the evidence on the ground that it was a preplanned organized terrorist attack and dare i say al-qaida . now the administration seems to have seen the light and starting to realize that the indication are that this was indeed a terrorist attack. >> gretchen: it is interesting. even though it appears they came full circle. the spokesperson for the president had a different than the president within a couple of hours. let's see what jay carny said aboard air force one. it is a reporter gaggle and hard it here. here is the quote. i think it is self evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked and the result of four deaths of american officials. again, that is self evident. that is not what jay carny said a few days ago and susan rice ambassador to the united nations said on the talk shows on sunday. what changed the opinion in the public where they felt compelled to change the story is when matt olsen t
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. four americans were killed including our ambassador to libya but when asked about the attack president obama wouldn't give a clear answer exactly what happened. as you by now know the obama administration insisted the deadly violence grew out of a spontaneous protest. for the first time yesterday white house press secretary said this. it is i think self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of american officials. doug mckelway is live at white house now. doug, what is the latest from the white house there this morning? >> reporter: arthel, seemed after that statement that you just read from jay carney aboard air force one yesterday, after so many mixed signals from the white house and mixed messages from monday that would signal some kind of alignment in white house messaging. after the plane, air force one landed in miami for the univision forum yesterday, the president obama sent an entirely different signal. here's the president. >> what we've seen ove
in a bid to prevent violence. in another some 30,000 libyans march 234d benghazi in a demonstration against islamic extremists. the crowds mourn the death of christopher stevens last week and demanded that a large militant group ansar al shariya dispanned and called for libyan's interim government to improve security. for more, i'm joined by shibley telhami, the anwar sadat professor of peace and development at the university of maryland. and lawrence pintak, dean of the edward r. murrow school of journalism at washington state university, and a former middle east correspondent for cbs news who's written widely on media in the middle east. shibley telhami, a piece of this unrest clearly seems to involve very different understandings of the notion of free speech and responsibility. what do you see? >> i... first i done think it's really about free speech. i know free speech is important and there's no question that in arab, in muslim countries's understanding the nature of free speech in the west is difficult n part because clearly they haven't experienced the kind of democracies, including
an investigation into the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya. some in congress are calling for a review of what the administration is now calling a terrorist attack. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> the very first question for president obama at a univision forum in miami why wasn't there more security at the u.s. consulate in lib yeah. he dent direidn't directly aans. >> when initial events happened in cairo and the region. our goal now is to not only make sure our embassies and diplomats are safe but also to make sure we bring those who carried out these events to justice. >> reporter: the white house for the first time called at salt on t the -- the assault on the consulate a terrorist attack. there are mounting questions about how it all happened? >> was there actionable intelligence prior to this test. if there was not, why not? >> the administration suggested there was no advanced warning because the attack was a spontaneous react tugs anti-muslim video that sparked protests in egypt last week. >> what this began was a spontaneous, not premeditated response to what tran
. he said, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terror attack. an admission from the administration. this administration the victim of a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of september 11 attacks and the obama campaign spokesman, ben labolt suggested there are no plans for the president to update the nation on the investigation of that attack and those murders and the rage throughout the muslim world. president obama today commenting on the anti-islam youtube video. >> what we have seen over the past week and a half is something that we have seen in the past. where there is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet muhammad, and this is obviously something that is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts. lou: we will take up all of this here tonight. also, former new york stock exchange chairman and ceo of the exchange, dick grasso joins us and trey gowdy joins us to assess the report just delivered by the justice department inspector general. joining me now is fox news middle east and terrorism analyst. he serves as a for
in cairo. >> republicans say that is just not right. >> it shows the what happened in benghazi wufz nas not an anti-american protest or result of a youtube video, an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the the level, abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a preplanned or spontaneous attack. meanwhile in tripoli at a memorial for four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as ariend of the libyan people. there were reports thursday that ambassador stevens believed he was on a terrorist hit list. secretary clinton and officials said there is absolutely no reason to believe that is true. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> certainly a lot of second guessing. >> cnn was reporting that libyan sources told the u.s. embassy personnel on the ground. they said "decrease your benghazi presence." and the libyans were scared to death. because they knew
have reached benghazi, the scene of the killing of chris stevens and three other americans. that area is not a safe place to operate in if you are american but there are concerns at the crime scene ten days later might be contaminated. likewise confirmed the marine rapid response anti-terrorist squad that was thrown in here last week remains here in tripoli. the embassy is well guarded amid other questions that u.s. military teams were not dispatched fast enough. critics are saying that and some say the security at the consulate in benghazi was not strong enough and might have led to the problems and warnings were not taken from other attacks by militant groups in benghazi in months prior to an attack. militants strong on that side of the country. in defiance of that and honoring the late ambassador, is killing hitting home, we are watching live scenes coming from benghazi of a protest. thousands of people out in the street basically calling on the government in tripoli to do more to crack down on this militant group. there was one hitch today which is one of those militant groups sai
happened in benghazi was not an anti-american protest, it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >>> meanwhile in tripoli, libya's president joined mourners at a memorial for ambassador stevens and three americans killed in that attack. >>> a notebook kept by the colorado movie theater shooting suspect was at the center of arguments during a court hearing. james holmes appearing in court with short brown hair instead of the orange seen before. prosecutors yesterday gave up their fight to see the notebook that holmes sent to a psychiatrist saying they didn't want to delay proceedings. well, analysts say they could still get their hands on it. >> if the defense pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, and i have every expectation they will, then the probability is that the prosecution will get to see this notebook. >> a judge yesterday also agreed to add ten attempted murder charges to the 142 counts holmes already faces. he's accused of killing 12, wounding nearly 60 others in the july attacks. basically they said, we're not
-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. that's the first time the white house has characterized this as a terrorist attack. carney, though, also appears to stand by this comment from wednesday. listen. >> based on the information that we had at the time, and have to this day, we do not have evidence that it was premeditated. >> jamie rubin is former assistant secretary of state. he's currently counselor to new york governor andrew cuomo. let's talk about what seems to be contradictory. you hear from jay carney, you hear from the white house, you hear from the state department, it was a terror attack, but not preplanned. you hear from the prime minister of libya that, in fact, it was preplanned. why disconnect on those two fronts? >> i think a lot of the wording is getting a little confused. i think what the administration is trying to communicate is that they don't believe that, say, six months in advance, a group sat down and said on september 11th we're going to attack the american embassy using this method at this place. but, it does appear that the individuals
. but in benghazi, libya, where the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed last week, a different kind of demonstration. thousands of libyans turned out to support the u.s., and even storming an islamic headquarters. >>> and now, a whirl wind week for aung san kyi, in which she was awarded the congressional gold medal on her first visit to the u.s. since she was freed after years under house arrest. nbc's ann curry sat down for a rare interview with her today, she is in her in the studio today. >> that is absolutely right, aung san kyi endured 15 years of house arrest, fighting for democracy in myanmar, separated from her husband who was dying, before she was finally released. we began by asking her about her meeting with president obama. >> it is a privilege, and it is also -- i like your president. >> reporter: did you ask him to lift economic sanctions s on burma? >> i have already discussed this with members of your congress. >> but you would like to see the economic sanctions lifted? >> yes, i would like to see us stand on our own feet and push us towards democratic. >> you
congress about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. that attack killed four americans including the ambassador to libya. republicans have accused the miss leading the protest and failing to see them as a terrorist acts. an actress who appeared in the movie says she will getinue her fight to youtube to remove the trailer. a judge denied cindy lee garcia's request to order the be removed. she says she has received death e the collapse appeared on youtube. gs-5 a lawsuit against the filmmaker. the war in afghanistan, u.s. troops surged is over. u.s. officials confirmed the the service forces have left the battlefield and the country. thousands of american troops and in many ways in harm's way. now this story. >> defense secretary leon panetta calls it an important milestone. almost three years since a wave additional u.s. troops went order toistan in taliban, defeat al forces and give afghan suppo need.pport they december 1, 2009, president obama announced the troops surge. as commander, i determined it in our vital national to send an additional . troops to afghanistan.
that's just not right. >> what happened in benghazi was not anti-american protest. it was not as a result of you tube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> shows the level of their abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >>reporter: pop intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous ataichblingt still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >>reporter: men while tripoli today at memorial for the 4 americans killed libya president paid tribute ambassador chris stevens as friend of the lybian people. >> jonathan caryl reporting there were reports today that a steve instant believed he was on a terrorist hit list but the administration says it has no reason to believe that that was the case. >>> last of 33,000 surge troops has left afghanistan. draw down deadline is the end of this month. 66,0
at the benghazi consulate?" you pick up "the new york times" and you get a blow-by-blow description of what supposedly went o. so it was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday. a lot of senators were frustrated. and you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you. and one of the things i'm worried about is we're trying to find out who committed these terrible acts of terrorism -- and they were acts of terrorism, not a spontaneous riot -- i said, what is the game plan? will they be held as enemy exatents, are they going to be held as common criminals? will they be prosecuted in libya? will they be brought back to the united states? do you have to read them their miranda rights? really absolutely not a whole lot of information. but at the end of the day, it was a lost opportunity i think to inform the congress. can we now move to the rand paul amendment? mr. mccain: mr. president, i'd like to take what remaining time we have in order to discuss the paul amendment. and i'd like to begin by asking insertion in the -- in the "congressional record" a
back on it. very late yesterday the white house says, okay, it was a terrorist attack in benghazi. when you're this close to an election, you can't help but ask -- are you 100% confident politics had nothing to do with sort of what looks like from the outside the white house dragging its feet on the explanation? >> look, on the specifics i will leave it to the white house to speak to because this is a serious matter and it's one -- i don't have security clearance. i can't speak to everything about that. but i know this -- it is not being treated as a political issue at the white house. and when you have an incident like this, your responsibility is to investigate it thoroughly and move deliberately and that's what they've done. and to simply jump in to this issue and mischaracterize it and find out later that you had would have been a terribly irresponsible thing to do. it is the kind of thing that governor romney did, frankly, at the beginning and we can't afford to do that when the president is actually a man who has responsibilities as commander in chief. >> you believe you're winnin
in benghazi that killed the u.s. ambassador and three of his staff. burns attended a ceremony to honor ambassador christopher stevens. >> this is a hard moment for all of us. it is a moment shared loss. it is a moment shared hope and shared responsibility. we have lost four wonderful colleagues. we have lost a brilliant ambassador full of courage and skill and passionate determination to help libyans, to help all of you to realize the promise of your revolution, to make a reality of a free libya. >> at least 15 people were killed and 20 wounded in somalia after a pair of suicide bombers struck a cafe in mogadishu. the spot was frequented by reporters and three journalists including the news director for somali national television were among the dead. in syria, at least 54 people were reportedly killed, dozens more wounded when government airstrikes triggered an explosion at a gas station in the northern part of the country. by some accounts, nearly two of the people were killed across syria thursday amidst an escalating crisis between forces loyal to syrian president bashar al-assad an
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